Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Nancy Friese


The moving image is arguably the most complex form of expression that we have ever invented. Yet, the degree to which the medium can be taken advantage of throughout its process of creation does not always seem to be grasped within the context of education. Zoom-Out examines the current state of moving image education and how the range of ways in which film can be shaped for the purpose of learning might be further expanded upon. An overview of how standard film industry practices transition into educational settings provides a backdrop for highlighting pedagogical tendencies that point to a reliance on methods of professional film production. Possible reasons for this are advanced, and the need for a greater diversity of pedagogical approaches within the field is argued for through an examination of the author’s own practice as well as those of others. The auto-ethnographic account of the author reveals specific examples of how principles rooted in Japanese philosophical and aesthetic traditions may be utilized in order to provide learners with opportunities for alternative forms of growth and learning. The author concludes that a greater awareness of the affordances of the medium will allow for a wider range of innovative approaches that will help students as well as the art form move forward.

Included in

Art Education Commons



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